Originally Posted by AlphaC
Is this a reliable X79 motherboard? I see Digital PWM (supposedly 22-phase), two 8-pin CPU connectors, 3 BIOS chips, Debug LED, VCheck points, ...
Other than the tacky bullet thing going on the heatsink and it being large (XL-ATX) ...any other issues?
I see 400+ submissions on HWBOT, which is behind the ASUS ROG stuff, but more than Asrock stuff.There's a few on ebay that are below $100 that I'm willing to take a chance on.
I'm considering a LGA2011 workstation to make use of Crossfire. I don't think I'll ever crossfire on a Z77.
I had one major issue when I got the board; got all my gear in, checked and double checked, pressed the power button and it got as far as the Windows logo before freezing. Nothing would cure it - I went out and bought a 500GB HDD and tried a fresh install of W7 to no avail. At the end of my tether I removed everything from the PCI-E slots (sound card, wireless LAN card, OCZ Revodrive) except the GPU and tried again and it WORKED! I refilled the PCI-E slots and it froze again. Eventually I found that if I put the LAN card in Slot 7 and the sound card in slot 6 it froze but if I reversed them it worked. To this day I don't know why this was.
The bullet heatsink isn't an issue; even with one GPU in , you can hardly notice it.
Size IS an issue; I had to move from a HAF 932 to a HAF-X to accommodate the Big Bang and even then its a bit cramped, with hindsight I would have gone for a larger case. Plus I had to use the 8pin ATX extension cable supplied with the HAF-X to reach the connectors, which isn't ideal.
Apart from that it runs as sweet as a nut, as you would expect from a very expensive, high end board.
BTW can I join the club? New Computer Build (4) 12.11.12
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